EYFS Curriculum

In the EYFS children embark on a journey of discovery and exploration. We create a happy and caring environment where all children feel valued and safe and where they will have the opportunity to develop positive relationships with all the adults and children within our setting.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a unique curriculum where children often initiate their own learning through play as well as engaging in planned topic led learning. Throughout the school day children will take part in whole class, small group and adult directed activities as well as having lots of time to access the provision independently.

The Nursery environment includes the Nursery building and access to the outdoor covered area and the outdoor space. The outdoor areas are also shared with the Reception classes where children are able to develop relationships and experiences across both year groups.

The Reception environment is a holistic approach where we work as one unit. This means that children can freely access all three classrooms, the shared area, the outdoor covered area and the outdoor space. They also have timetabled  visits to the Forest School.

Within each area of learning children will be exposed to curriculum based skills through play. Each area will have a provocation, adult enhanced provision and materials to extend their learning, all running alongside our continuous provision.

As we teach children independence and structure our timetable will adapt across the year. Carpet inputs will get longer and group sizes will get bigger all to help prepare children for their transition into the next stage of their learning journey.

Our Curriculum is designed for all our children to create a broad range of opportunities and experiences which ensure that:

We are our best version

We are safe

We enjoy a challenge

We celebrate diversity

We are prepared for our future


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St John The Baptist Primary School
High Street, Penistone, Sheffield S36 6BS

Infant Site:

Chapelfield Lane, Penistone S36 6FS